Greater London border tax plan like ‘kicking businesses when they’re down’, Hillingdon boss warns

The controversial plan to cost non-Londoners travelling into the town may have a “detrimental influence” to Hillingdon and depart London as a “ghost city”, the borough’s enterprise boss has warned.

Hillingdon Chamber of Commerce chair Mike Langan mentioned the transfer could be kicking companies once they’re down and hit the borough exhausting as an outer London area.

A journey from the village of Denham, in Buckinghamshire, to Uxbridge in London, for instance, is simply eight minutes by automotive.

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Beneath plans unveiled by the mayor of London Sadiq Khan, a Higher London Boundary Cost might be launched for non-residents similar to £3.50 a day, as a strategy to meet Transport for London’s monetary challenges.

However Mr Langan mentioned: “Our preliminary ideas are that it’s a silly factor for a mayor of London to herald as a result of it’s going to discourage folks coming into London.

“We’ve obtained enterprise parks, and companies which individuals do journey in as a result of we’re on the border with Buckinghamshire.

“We’re going to be badly affected by this boundary cost, it would not make sense to me.

“London wants folks to return into it to outlive, it is a unfavorable factor if we’re going to increase taxes [do it] another way moderately than penalising everyone.”

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Mr Langan additionally believes there will probably be a specific blow for enterprise property Stockley Park as companies outdoors of London could be torn to decide on between there and enterprise hub Slough.

“What would occur is Slough would win every time,” he added.

Heathrow can be a serious employer within the borough which has excessive numbers of staff residing outdoors of the capital.

The town-wide plan will probably be on the agenda for Hillingdon companies to debate on the subsequent assembly of the chamber of commerce held subsequent week.

Questions that stay over the coverage for employers embrace who’s going to cowl the price of the journey cost, and the place will the cash raised go.

Mr Langan added: “Sadiq has obtained to grasp he is obtained to take care of the enterprise group in addition to the residents.”

In line with Mr Khan, the cost proposed comes as a substitute strategy to increase money if the federal government doesn’t enable London to maintain the £500 million raised every year from a automobile excise responsibility paid by metropolis drivers.

He believes the cash collected from Londoners is utilized by ministers to spend “virtually completely” outdoors of the capital, and the brand new border tax could be reinvested into London’s transport community, assist cut back emissions and handle congestion.

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Mr Khan mentioned: “If ministers aren’t ready to play truthful, then we might want to think about different choices to deal with this unfairness, similar to asking individuals who reside outdoors London and make journeys into Higher London by automotive to pay a modest cost, which might be reinvested in London’s transport community.

“Because the unbiased assessment reveals, we will’t go on anticipating public transport fare-payers to subsidise the prices of street upkeep.”

Nonetheless Hillingdon Conservatives have launched a petition to cease the ‘Outer London tax’ from going forward, fearing it can additionally hit household and buddies visiting the borough.

And Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner MP David Simmonds was amongst a gaggle of 24 MPs to write down to Mr Khan earlier this month urging him to scrap the “damaging proposal”.

He mentioned: “Those that reside close to the border of Higher London will now face the prospect of a £31 cost to journey throughout the border.

“This will probably be detrimental to our group and native companies, and it’s unfair to all those that work in and use our native outlets, faculties and healthcare companies.

“The mayor will shortly enter into negotiations with the DfT [Department for Transport] on a recent bailout package deal for TfL.

“Nonetheless, it’s unacceptable that he ought to enter these negotiations whereas making an attempt to make the specter of these excessive measures.”

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